October 31st, 2011
06:43 PM GMT
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London (CNN) – eHarmony's Sean Cornwell is figuring out the best way to translate the dating site's message of love into new markets.

The site - which prides itself on its ability to bring people together into long term relationships - is expanding its brand in the UK.

Cornwell has chosen an agency to help create the killer television ad. But British daters might want a different message than those in the U.S. Will this match work?

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October 31st, 2011
05:13 AM GMT
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(CNN) – Qantas CEO Alan Joyce’s Saturday message was so startling, he had to say it twice:

“We have decided to ground the Qantas domestic and international fleets immediately,” Joyce said. “I repeat, we are grounding the Qantas fleet now.”

But Joyce’s  "shock and awe" strategy earned some respect. “It is a huge and gutsy call. Alan cannot survive a decision like this if it goes wrong,” an unidentified senior aviation industry source told the Financial Times.

But the Qantas union – which has been embroiled in a year-long labor dispute punctuated by rolling walkouts – was caught flat-footed, as was the government of Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard and, of course, tens of thousands of Qantas passengers worldwide.
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October 30th, 2011
04:16 PM GMT
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As world leaders prepare to gather in Cannes this week for the annual G20 summit, a generation of young people are being left out in the cold, forced to fend for themselves in the wake of the economic crisis.

Youth unemployment rates are at a record high: In Spain, it is at a staggering 44%. In Italy it's 28% while France does slightly better at 21%.

Even in Germany - the economic powerhouse of the Eurozone - youth unemployment is at 8%.

But has anyone really taken the time to hear how this generation of young people are doing?

Not really. At least I don't think so. That's why CNN's Diana Magnay and I will be embarking on a road trip around Europe to hear from young people and find out what their frustrations and fears really are.

On Monday, I'll be heading to Berlin to join Diana on the first leg of our epic journey, which will take us through Germany, Italy, France and Spain.

One of the things that makes this road trip so different is that we'll be organizing mini 'town hall meetings' in each city via social media.

We'll be reaching out via iReport, Twitter and Facebook to try and connect with some of you and share your stories on CNN.

At each stop on our journey we hope to have at least a few of you gathered with us to discuss how you feel about your European leaders, the economic crisis and the future - yours, and that of the continent as a whole.

We'll be sharing your views each and every day next week on CNN International on shows like Connect the World, Quest Means Business and World Business Today.

The key though is YOU!

We need you to reach out to us, and to make that trip into town to meet us. We promise there will be some coffee and snacks for you too!

Here's our schedule, if we can manage the mammoth drive.

Tuesday November 1: Munich, Germany

Wednesday November 2: Milan, Italy

Thursday November 3: Marseille, France

Friday November 4: Barcelona, Spain.

If you live in any of these cities and want to come and meet up with us, please send me an e-mail at Phil.Han@cnn.com or reach out to me via Twitter @PhilHanCNN.



October 28th, 2011
08:46 PM GMT
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CNN's Maggie Lake talked to Harvard University professor Larry Summers about the reprieve in the Eurozone debt crisis.

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October 28th, 2011
12:42 PM GMT
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Germany (CNN) – I thought that building trains would be a greasy, oily, noisy business. But as Marketplace Europe discovered on a trip to Germany, building trains is tidy - the messy bit is figuring out how to get them travelling easily across Europe's borders.

When we arrived at Siemens Rail systems factory, just outside Dusseldorf - the home of 2,000 workers - it was like we had landed inside a giant train-set. It was neat, shiny and bright.

Building trains in the 21st century is pretty much mess-free. Apart from welding and painting, it is all about assembling component parts, rather like wiring a highly complex computer - albeit one that will move at 300km per hour.
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October 27th, 2011
06:08 PM GMT
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Brussels (CNN) – Travelling to Brussels this weekend on the Eurostar, one couldn't help feeling as though the train was moving into the abyss: The endless money pit that was soon to become the "no eurozone."

Upon my return journey, all things euro appeared somewhat to have regained their star quality, after European Union leaders finally reached a deal on how to solve the eurozone's sovereign debt crisis.

At around 4:15am local time Thursday, and after hours of fraught negotiations, a pale and exhausted French president, Nicolas Sarkozy, mounted the podium in room 20.45 of the European Council. He was there to brief his compatriots, European neighbors and the world. Finally – it seemed - disaster had been averted.

After two summits in four days, the heads of the European Union's 27 members –including 17 of those that use the euro - agreed to what they called a “lasting” and “credible” solution.
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October 26th, 2011
05:49 PM GMT
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Editor’s note: These are edited highlights of a speech CNN’s Richard Quest gave at Nokia World, October 26.

London (CNN) – It is now almost one hundred years since RMS Titanic hit an iceberg, and sank, on its maiden voyage to New York. Just imagine how the news might break if it was happening now, in the age of the almighty mobile.

The tweets might look something like this:

(11.40pm) @passenger1 OMG! Massive bang onboard Titanic. Think we've hit something.

(11.41pm) @passenger2 Titanic under attack. Sirens and staff running everywhere.

(11.41pm) @boatengineer1 Just seen water surging through lower deck.

All hands on deck sirens blaring.

(11.45pm) @WhiteStarPR RMS Titanic on course for record crossing, says captain. For pics and live updates click http://titan.ic/hubris

And on they would go...

(00.51am) @WhiteHouse President briefed on attack against ship bound for New York. Initial reports suggest Al Qaeda involved.

That's all in the land, or should I say sea, of the 'eternal subjunctive' – how it might have been.

And here's how it actually was on January 15, 2009, when U.S. Airways Flight 1549 took off from La Guardia with 150 passengers and five crew on board, en route Charlotte, North Carolina.

Just three minutes after take-off the Airbus flew into a flock of Canadian geese and three minutes after that, it came down in the Hudson River.

It's been described as the "Miracle of the Hudson" and "the most successful ditching in aviation history."

Not one of the 155 souls on board suffered any serious injuries – and the news was broken by people using their mobile phones.

This is truly is the age of the almighty mobile, and the citizen journalist.
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October 26th, 2011
02:07 PM GMT
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Hong Kong, China (CNN) – “There’s still a long battle ahead.”

That’s what Mark Daly, the lawyer for Filipina maid Evangeline Vallejos, first told me after a Hong Kong court today ruled to uphold a prior judge’s historic verdict.

That September 30 judgment: His client – and all other eligible foreign domestic workers here – are entitled to apply for permanent residency. Also known as PR, it has been a right afforded to most white-collar foreign workers but foreign maids have traditionally not been eligible. Partly because of this, many have complained they are treated as second-class citizens.

But perhaps not anymore.
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October 26th, 2011
10:56 AM GMT
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London, England (CNN) – Mobile phone giant Nokia unveiled two new smartphones in London Wednesday as it sought to boost its flagging fortunes in the booming market.

The Lumia 800 and Lumia 710 - Nokia's first handsets using the Windows Phone operating system - are the company's attempt to gain traction in the smartphone market, dominated by Apple's iPhones and Google's Android operating system.

As he revealed the Lumia 800 Nokia, Chief Executive Stephen Elop said the company was "signaling our intent right now here today to be today's leaders in smartphone design and craftsmanship."
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October 25th, 2011
04:38 PM GMT
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In this episode of 'The Boss', Francis Lui – four months after the launch of his casino resort the Galaxy Macau - admits to having missed a trick or two.

The pool deck – the jewel in the crown of the Galaxy resort - is under pressure.  With almost 3000 people wanting to use it on a busy day and between 500 and 800 on an average day there's need for a bigger pool at the Galaxy.

Francis now needs to focus on what needs to be fixed or changed at his resort.

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